January 9, 2017
The big day is rapidly approaching, Annapolis. The day you look forward to every year. The day you love because you’re able to spoil and pamper your significant other like it’s nobody’s business. Well guess what?! We care about that day too, which is why we’re here to help!
In honor of this day of love, we’ve prepared a list of the best restaurants in the city for you to have a Valentine’s Day to remember.
O’Leary’s Seafood – 310 Third Street
This Annapolis eatery has been satisfying palates since 1983. Choose from dishes like Smoked Salmon Bruschetta, Black Sea Bass and desserts like a classic Créme Bruléé. There’s also dozens of wine and bubbly to choose from if you want to make the evening even more magical.
Osteria 177 – 177 Main Street
This Italian restaurant is owned and run by Verona-raised Arturo Ottaviano. Talk about authenticity! Osteria 177 has been rated one of the top restaurants in Annapolis, so if you and your love are equally obsessed with Italian, this is the place to be! Choose from dishes like Caprese & Melon, Linguine alle Vongole and Pollo al Marsala. Pair your meal with a Glass O’Punch, a signature drink so special, the server has to break it down for you.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – 301 Severn Avenue
Valentine’s Day is not any old day, and Ruth’s Chris is not any old steakhouse. This restaurant is internationally known and for good reason. There, both you and your date can enjoy signature dishes like their Spicy Lobster Bites, Lamb Chops or a Maryland Style Crab Cakes.
But we know Valentine’s Day is not only about good eating! The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis is also offering an amazing Valentine’s Day hotel package! Book at our relaxing Annapolis hotel and get a two-night stay plus a bottle of wine and chocolate! This means you can eat all the amazing food you want and later get all the rest and relaxation you need.
Make your reservations, and book your room today. With us, you’ll be celebrating your love long after February 14th!
January 2, 2017
It’s a new year, guys. New year, new you, right? RIGHT! If you’re one of the people whose new year resolution was to be more daring or to be more adventurous or simply to have more fun, we’ve got just the event for you!
Here at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis, we want to hold you to your resolutions and goals, and this year’s Polar Bear Plunge may be just what you need!
Imagine the thrill of an exciting (albeit icy) dip into the Chesapeake Bay with likeminded people! Imagine the looks on your friends’ faces when you tell them your tough-as-nails story about jumping into frigid waters for a great cause. They’ll have no choice but to admire you, and you’ll have conquered your goal of being bolder in 2017. Sounds like a win all around, right?
Well, there’s actually even more incentives to participate!
The Polar Bear Plunge is in its 21st year of having people from all over plunge into the Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland. This is the state’s largest organization dedicated to providing for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. And not only are you helping those in need, but you can also walk away with cool, commemorative prizes!
Now, we know what you’re probably thinking, but don’t worry about the cold! Book with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis, and let us provide you with everything you need to get warm and cozy!
Our hotel near Chesapeake Bay offers Whirlpool tubs for you to soak those cold bones and relaxing and accommodating rooms to get the rest you deserve. We’re also close to the best restaurants in Annapolis, so you have plenty to choose from to satisfy that worked up appetite.
The Polar Bear Plunge sounds a great way to kick off 2017, Annapolis! Get prepared today!
December 26, 2016
How are you planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve? We’re sure you’re aware, but bringing in a new year is a big deal. It’s a time of reflection, celebration and hope. It’s a joyous time to think about everything you plan to do in the upcoming year, but also a time to honor everything you’ve accomplished so far.
Well, if you’re planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Annapolis, we have quite the event for you! Head down to City Dock, near our downtown Annapolis hotel, and get ready to bring in 2017 the right way. There will be activities for everyone to partake in practically all day long.
Earlier in the day, there will be fireworks, entertainment and food for everyone from couples to the little ones to enjoy. Later in the evening, there will be a party with live music for you to dance and sing away 2016. And as the clock strikes 12, a fireworks show will illuminate the Annapolis Harbor.
The event is completely free and open for all who want to celebrate the passing of another year and the beginning of a new one.
Here at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis, we hope you have a fantastic New Year’s Eve!
December 5, 2016
By now, we know you’re pretty deep in the holiday spirit. You probably have your Christmas tree up, and your house is beautifully decorated in all the wreaths and icicle lights you could find, and there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s the holiday season, and everyone, especially the city of Annapolis, wants you to enjoy it!
In fact, the city wants its people to enjoy it so much that they’re holding special activities and events throughout the month of December just to stay in the spirit.
Keep reading for what you can look forward to this month…
On December 8th, select stores in downtown Annapolis will keep business going all the way until midnight! This means you have even more time to procrastinate on gift buying! On December 15th, stores will stay open until 11pm. And even if you aren’t into late-night shopping, the area will be full of live music and holiday entertainment for your pleasure.
Chocolate Binge Festival
It’s a festival…celebrating chocolate. There will be local vendors, music, shopping and entertainment all over West Street on Sunday, December 4th. From 12pm to 5pm, it’s wonderfully encouraged that you satisfy your sweet tooth in the best possible way. There will also be a fire pit for you to cuddle with loved ones and maybe even compete for the all-around best smores technique.
Lights on the Bay
Bring the family out to experience the holiday festivities at its brightest! This year marks the 20th anniversary of Lights on the Bay, and from now until January 1st, all are welcomed and encouraged to come out and enjoy the show. Every night from 5pm-10pm, Sandy Point State Park will be lit with amazing features representing Annapolis. There will also be a 16-foot teddy bear lighting the Chesapeake Bay, so be prepared to be amazed.
For those of you traveling into town this year, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis has everything you need to be comfortable. Our affordable Annapolis hotel offers free WiFi and free breakfast every day. We’re also one of the best hotels near downtown Annapolis, so commuting to these amazing events is the least of your worries.
Book with us today, and leave your stresses behind. It’s the holiday season!
December 1, 2016
The holiday season is upon us, Annapolis! The lights, the music, the delicious comfort food – it’s all necessary for holiday joy. Another classic staple of the holidays are the glorious gifts, and we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t mention the resources you have at your disposal.
So here’s the truth: that Christmas list isn’t getting any shorter, and you know you love giving gifts and watching your loved ones gleam probably more than they love receiving them. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
The opportunity to spread holiday cheer is now, and Annapolis has some of the best shops and boutiques to choose from.
There’s Annapolis Towne Centre, for one, located within walking distance to our top rated downtown Annapolis hotel. This outdoor shopping mall has several stores including Lululemon Athletica, so that aunt of yours who vows to lose 10 pounds every year can kick off her resolution in style. There’s also Brooks Brothers, Anthropologie, Origins, Bed Bath & Beyond and Pier 1 Imports to name a few.
Another shopping venue you’re privy to is the Westfield Annapolis Mall. This mall, also located near the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis, is the largest mall in the entire region. Whether you need to find those perfect leather boots for Dad, a delicate new charm for Mom or even the latest Apple gadget for your oh-so-annoying little brother, Westfield Mall is the place to go.
There’s also countless boutiques and shops for those of you who prefer to support local businesses. Historic downtown Annapolis is sure to have something for even the most particular family members, so don’t you fret!
Honestly, between your unwavering desire to gift those you love and the wide variety of shops in Annapolis, those Christmas lists don’t stand a chance.
Get ready to shop, people!
November 3, 2016
The question is simple. Are you a Marquette fan or a Vanderbilt fan? Do you lose your voice screaming for Ohio State or do you need that lemon/honey tea after watching the Navy play? Whatever your choice, you have to experience this year’s Veterans Classic and root for your team in person – although we will admit that if you voted against the Navy, we may or may not view you a little differently going forward.
The U.S. Naval Academy’s Veterans Classic will be held at Alumni Hall on Friday, November 11th. The Marquette vs. Vanderbilt game will kick off the doubleheader at 6:30pm with the Navy vs. Ohio State game following at 9pm.
We know you basketball fans are loyal to the sport, so we know you’ve got your seats and accommodations already secured, right?
Fine. Lucky for you risk takers out there, tickets are still on sale, and our affordable Annapolis hotel has rooms to spare. The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis is the perfect choice for those of you traveling into the city for the big games.
We’re located less than 5 miles away from the Naval Academy and also the best restaurants in downtown Annapolis. This means the biggest obstacle you’ll have after the game is figuring out exactly where you’d like to enjoy your celebratory meal.
And because we’re considerate and committed to our guests, we also offer special hotel packages to Midshipmen and their families.
Reserve your discounted room and get ready to watch some great basketball.
November 1, 2016
Get ready to run, Annapolis! The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5k Fun Run will be coming back to the city for its 10th year in a row. Not only will you be able to get in a great exercise session, but you’ll also be running for a worthy cause. The 5k will benefit Homes for America, which is a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to developing and preserving affordable housing across the country.
Runners (and walkers) will hit the pavement all throughout downtown Annapolis, and there will be a prize for the participant donning the best turkey costume. The event is open for the whole family and all skill levels, so parents, children and even pets are all welcomed and encouraged!
Here at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis, we hope you have a blast at the 5k and work up just the appetite you need to devour all the turkey and mac-and-cheese you can stand.
For those of you needing accommodations, (you really don’t want to deal with Uncle Ed’s snoring this year) you’ve come to the right place. Our affordable Annapolis hotel is not only located near the top Annapolis attractions, but we make sure each of our guests feel comfortable and at home. And to be honest, it’s the holiday season, and a little extra care is what we all deserve right about now.
Happy Thanksgiving, Annapolis!
October 17, 2016
Have you been enjoying Navy football, Annapolis? We sure have, and we know you’re ready for more! Thankfully, our team is coming back home this weekend to give us what we need!
This Saturday at 3:30pm, the Midshipmen will take on Memphis at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, which happens to be just a short drive from our affordable Annapolis hotel. Parents and visitors, listen up because this is for you!
If you’re coming into town for the big game and in need of a hotel near the U.S. Naval Academy, please don’t look any further! Here at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis, we appreciate the Naval Academy as part of the city’s culture, which is why we’re offering a special hotel rate for all Midshipmen and family!
You read that right! Not only are you supporting your loved one and enjoying what’s sure to be a great game, but you’re also saving bucks in the process…sounds like a win/win to us!
Know what else is a win? Our free premium cable, free hot breakfast every morning and our free high-speed Internet.
Book with us, and channel your energy into other things…things that matter like how you’re going to pull off the perfect game-day ensemble.
Go, Navy Football!
October 14, 2016
Annapolis, how are you celebrating Halloween this year? And don’t tell us that you’re probably going to break out last year’s Elvis wig…or that zombie makeup you learned on YouTube. And what about the kids? Trick or treating is great, but don’t you think they’re ready for something new and exciting? Sure they are!
This year, why don’t you take it from us and visit the Halloween Happening Haunted Barn and Hayrides?! The haunted house features something for all ages, and the little ones under 6 years old get in free!
From October 14th to the 29th, visitors can expect to jump, scream and hide in the best possible way. There will be snacks and drinks available, and of course, an awesome hayride to seal your fate the deal.
Halloween Happening will be held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds from 7-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7-9pm on Sundays.
Have a frighteningly good time at the event, and if you’re simply too afraid to face your bedroom at home, book with us, and give your worries a rest! The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis provides a super-relaxing atmosphere – one we’re sure may be necessary after your spooky night out.
Our downtown Annapolis hotel offers free Internet, free premium cable and luxurious Whirlpool bathtubs to help you decompress. To top it off, we’re also located near the best Annapolis restaurants and attractions including the majestic Chesapeake Bay!
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October 10, 2016
Annapolis boaters out there, the time has come! For the 45th year, the United States Powerboat Show is back in town and for a limited time only! Come out to City Dock from October 13th to the 16th and enjoy what’s sure to be a great experience. Just imagine it: sunshine, crisp Fall weather and the powerboats of your dreams. Ticket prices range from $5 to $48 and are on sale now!
Here’s a bit of what you can look forward to:
Boats, Boats and More Boats! (Obviously)
Guests can expect to see hundreds of the top boats including fishing boats from Boston Whaler, Yamaha and everything in between!
In celebration of its 45th birthday, the show will give away fun and exciting prizes like an Edgewater 170CC Deep-V Center Console Power Boat and a 7-day charter vacation aboard a MarineMax Power Catamaran!
Thursday, October 13th is a special preview day for the serious boat enthusiasts to peruse and shop for the latest powerboats – before anyone else!
Of course the show isn’t only for the boating veterans! There will also be free seminars every day presented by the Chesapeake Bay Magazine and the Annapolis School of Seamanship.
The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis welcomes all boaters to our beautiful city. And please remember, our affordable Annapolis hotel is here to accommodate your needs. Not only are we located near the water, but we also provide everything else you need when you’ve had enough of it!
Our property offers free premium cable, Wi-Fi and hot breakfast every morning. We’re also close to great Annapolis shopping like the Annapolis Towne Center. This way, you can go back home with your beautiful new boat and some new digs.
Get your tickets and book with us today!
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